Japanese prime minister lauds Nobel winner

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has congratulated Nobel Prize winner Tasuku Honjo of Japan.

Abe called into a news conference that Honjo was speaking at on Monday after the immunologist won the 2018 medicine prize.

Japan’s leader said over a speaker phone that Honjo’s research had given many patients hope. Abe added that as a Japanese, he feels proud. He encouraged the 76-year-old Kyoto University researcher to keep up the good work.

Honjo and James Allison of the University of Texas were jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in medicine.